If you're looking for a "healthy" summer read, then Dr. Brian Goldman's recommendations are for you. The veteran ER physician and host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art has rounded up a list of interesting reads that will give you insight into Canada's health care system.
Dr. Brian had this to say about the fascinating memoir Opening My Heart:
"If you're looking for a book that's right up to date, I'd pick up a copy of Tilda Shalof's new book Opening My Heart, published last month by McClelland. Shalof is a veteran critical care nurse who — like me — has pulled back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of the world of medicine in books like A Nurse's Story. Now, she uses her keen eye and unique voice to tell the story of her own personal, life-threatening encounter with Canada's health care system. Shalof developed shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain and soon learned that she needed open heart surgery to survive. Her book takes readers from the OR to the ICU, the cardiac ward, through to rehabilitation and return to work. It's been said that all health professionals gain untold wisdom about the health care system by becoming a patient. That's certainly the case with Tilda Shalof, as evidenced by her riveting new book."
Check out more of Dr. Brian Goldman's book recommendations on his blog,
Dr. Brian's Side of the Gurney, and be sure to tune into White Coat, Black Art this Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. NT) on Radio One for a special Ask Dr. Brian show that will mark the end of the program's season.
Opening My Heart
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"In Opening My Heart, Shalof expertly weaves recollections from her career and accounts of other nurses' experiences into her own story, creating the perfect marriage between fascinating clinical detail and a personal journey of healing. Throughout it all is Shalof's warm, friendly voice and humorous outlook. Nurses everywhere and anyone who's ever been a hospital patient, or who is currently hospitalized or who might be one day (and those who love them!), will be empowered, enlightened, comforted, and entertained by this book."
Read more at McClelland & Stewart.